Will the Pacers be able to rebound?
The Bulls are the best rebounding team in the NBA. Despite playing at a relatively low pace (90.4) they gathered more rebounds than anybody in the league (3621) in the regular season. They have plenty of good rebounding big men in Noah, Boozer, Gibson, Thomas & Asik. Chicago out rebounded Indiana by 15 in the first game 49 to 34.
What really hurt the Pacers was the offensive glass where they were out rebounded 21 to 13. After the first half of the first quarter where they got 5 offensive rebounds which helped them get an early lead. They could get only 8 more the rest of the game. That was in stark contrast to the Bulls that stayed consistent the whole game on the offensive glass.
"(Rebounding) starts with keeping Rose out of the lane," Indiana coach Frank Vogel explained. "Most of those rebounds is the result of Rose drawing help leaving bigs under the basket so we got to do a better job of keeping him out of the paint." Later when coach Vogel was asked how he expects to keep Rose from driving he said. "We got to have a wall of defenders every time he comes in there."
That is the big dilemma. To prevent him from driving you have to send multiple defenders but to be able to rebound to have to be able to keep your position by staying home on your man. As a team you can play good defense but if you can't get the rebound it means nothing. Giving up too many possession puts a lot of pressure on your team to make up for it in other areas.
The Pacers tried to trap Rose in the pick & roll to try to make him give up the ball. What end up happening is that Rose just used the iso more and could break down his man without any help. Rose used 44 out of the teams 89 possession for his 39 points and only had 6 assist. He was 0-9 from 3 point range and if he starts hitting that shot the Pacers are in big trouble.
Joakim Noah had 8 and Lual Deng had 5 which together equaled the Pacers as a team in offensive rebounding. Those guys must be kept off the boards in the next game. It would have been worse if Carlos Boozer didn't get into foul trouble early.
Helping off of Bogans or Brewer's man is ok but don't help off Kyle Korver. That dagger 3 that he hit to give the Bulls the lead was because Paul George rotated off to help triple team Rose driving to the basket. That was inexcusable.
Do you think the Pacers will be able to rebound in this series despite what Rose does? Do you think Indiana can still win even if they don't rebound as much as Chicago? What are your thoughts? Feel free to drop some knowledge. Go Pacers!
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